Top 10 Death Note Characters of Badassery

The top 10 death note characters according to their badassery... What badassery isn't a word !?!?!?! Of course it is look it up in the dictionary... They have mankini there I'm sure they will have badassery.

The Top Ten


L is Smart
L is Cute
L is Awesome
L was always one step ahead of Ligh
L loves cake and sweets (As do I :D)
L is lovable
L is a badass

Shall I carry on? ;)

L is arguably the smartest character in any media ever. At least when it comes to detective work. L is able to figure out how to catch a killer who leaves practically no evidence. When he confronts Light in person, he completely throws Light off his game, and continues to be a step ahead of him till his untimely death. I'm convinced that had L not began to care for Light, due to his severe loneliness, there's not a thing Light could have done to avoid being caught. There were actually several points in the anime where L had an opportunity to stop Lights madness, but he always seems hesitant. He enjoyed his games with Light (Light did as well) and made the further mistake of beginning to see him as a friend, making his death all the more ironic and heartbreaking. Combine his godlike deductive skills with his charm, and unique characteristics, and you have one of the greatest characters of all time.

You know, I think everybody loves L. He is unique. He is just being himself and that's awesome. I felt in love with L at the very first episode he appeared. I love the way he sits, I love the way he walks, I love his funny and random moments haha, I love his obsession with candy and cakes, I love his methods and cleverness and I really love his look with his messy hair, simple clothes with no shoes and his awesome dark eyes and I think those are also the things everybody loves about him. He is my favorite anime character of all all all all time.

I liked both Light and L and it took me a lot of time to figure out who...but at last L won with a 51:49 ratio against Light

Light Yagami Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Light Yagami just say it it even sounds pretty bad ass say it once moore come on nobody cares what your saying say it "light yagami is the most badass anime character in the history of anime"

Light Yagami was simply too interesting. There's never a boring moment with him. And his genius and deadliness is just mind blowing. His cause was right. And we all loved seeing him craft his way to achieving it. Brilliant character!

He could have had a bright future but being Kira cost him his life and sanity. It saddens me to think that his sense of justice was eventually his downfall, and the thing that let to his demise. It tore his family apart too. I may not support his views, but I still feel bad for him. He makes Death Note very interesting!

The writers decided to ruin Light's character after ep 25. Making him foolish, unintelligent, despicable and underrated characteristics. While L robs all our sympathy for dying in Light's hands.

Ryuk Ryuk is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

I think Ryuk should have been 2nd I love home he is so funny. Light owed him apples.


I throw my apples in the air sometimes saying ayo wheredmy shinigami go!

Personally my favorite character. He does contribute to most of the humor in the show. I find him so funny to watch yet he still manages to be epic! He manages to make some serious things hilarious with just his voice, and he would probably be cool to hang out with. I have a lot of honey crisps, so eat em up, bud.

Ryuk provides much comic relief and yet is the most fundamental underlying basis to the entire story. It revolves around the shinigami world rotting and Ryuk deciding that it's time to explore and have fun in the human world. Never too partial and looked at everything with a removed humor and interest

Mello Mihael Keehl, universally referred to by the mononym Mello, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Armin has evolved!

Mello is the best, and has the greatest fried ever, Matt! He even sacrificed his own life and helped solve the kira mystery. He is amazing at first sight.


But Armin was created after Mello so wouldn't that sentence be a little backwards then? - Anonymousxcxc

I think Mello deserves to be second. I have liked him ever since he made his debut. Way to calm and mysterious characters start to get boring (Of course, L is an exception). He gave up his life to find the truth. And he FEELS! Unlike SOME characters in Death Note. Remember what he said after Matt's death? (Poor Matt T. T) Mello is totally awesome. Really, the creators of Death Note need to stop killing off all the good characters. :/ - PlatinumTheHitgirl

Near used to be my best char, but when I read the manga, GOSH! , there's no characther better than Mello. He is so badass and the fact he's a little impulsive makes me identify to him.

This guy deserves a higher place, He is an amazing character, and without him, the Kira may have gotten his perfect world


Matsuda is my favourite member of the task force, because I love his sweet, childish personality. Sometimes I feel sorry for him, he wants to be taken seriously but all they did was shout at him and even L sometimes took advantage of him. But in the end he proves himself to be the best, he gave Light a good shooting and pretty much saved Near's life.

Apart from L, Matsuda and Mello, the other characters had really lame and boring personalities

The most likable, cute, unpredictable and badass character of Death Note. Even though he was though to be inferior to the others, he was the most courageous; not only being the hero in the final episode but also being a major help in uncovering Yotsuba's Kira. Just plain awesome.

I absolutely love Matsuda. He's sweet, childish, and somewhat of an idiot (in a good way). Really didn't like how he was taken advantage of and shouted at though. But at the end of the anime, my knight proved himself.

Matsuda may be an idiot, but ge's a likeable one and a funny one, he even had an episode named after him, not to mention he stopped light from killing someone with a piece of the death note paper in his watch by shooting him.


He discovered our beloved L, and was the closest thing L had to a family :') he gets my vote!

Watari is badass! Who else can snipe from a helicopter?!


:') He's awesome and he also discovered the great wizard of greatness: L


It's too bad he died... He really cared for his family and had a very strong sense of justice, which is what I like about him. Honestly though? I think he was rather under-appreciated.

Sincere old school father but awesome in action sequences. Great dialogue timing as far as I have seen

Ran a bus into a station to stop the Kira Broadcast and then threatened the guy with a gun...

Just has that lookabout him... So sorry he died

Rem Rem is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Rem is LIKE misa's guardian angel who even sacrificed herself to save Misa. It's made me cry when she died. She's awesome.

She made me cry at all the right moments. Her story is so touching and she is such a docile and protective Death God to have watching over you.

REM was a sassy saint. Despite being a Shinigami she was just generally a good person, and I love how she stood up to Light but never went out of her way to ruin his plans.

She has a good heart

Near Nate River, exclusively known by the mononym Near, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Its easy to see the sky when you are standing on the shoulders of giants, but one thing that he did better than L (who my favorite) was that he didn't allow his feelings to sabotage him. L was for the most part the same, but faltered in the last minute and it cost him dearly. Kudos to near for being the one to finally bring down the mighty light/kira

The only albino I would ever kidnap

Who thought that the one to solve the Kira case would be an adorable little albino boy. You handed your job over well, L *tear*

I don't get all the hate on Near. Yeah, he had some help, but he SOLVED THE KIRA CASE. Not saying that he's smarter than L or anything, but give him some credit!


He may have only had two minutes of solid screen time, but those moments were incredible. He's rowdy, charming, and confident. What more could anyone ask for? I wish he was focused on a tad more, because he could have had a much larger role in the overall show.

Matt was my favorite. I loved him, and frankly I was really ticked that he died so soon in the anime. He had a way bigger role in the manga... Matt was awesome and had a lot of personality. Even though he only had five lines and two minutes of screen time. Those two minutes were epic. Not to mention he drove a really cool car.

Matt is my personal favorite in both the anime and the manga. He played a much bigger role in the manga and to be blunt I was mad, no furious, that he died so soon in the anime. But he was still my favorite. By far. True he only had five lines and two minutes of screen time, but those two minutes were epic.

Matt is awesome not only did he give his life to catch someone he probably didn't even care about but the way he dresses and his personality makes he one of the best characters

The Contenders

Beyond Birthday

I have no idea how he isn't on this list! I mean, come on people. He had the guts to try and beat L at his own game. He murdered three different people and gave me one heck of a headache trying to solve that mystery before Naomi Misora! Plus, who doesn't love this jam-obsessed serial killer?

He is honestly the most interesting and intelligent character in the entire franchise, sure he didn't appear anywhere in the entire se series, but he has a novel, and that novel is my absolute favorite- read it close to ten times! It's a complete shame many people still have the urge to ask "whose BB? "
I'm quite happy he is on this list, he's my favorite character after also 4-5 years!
Clearly deserves to be on the top 5!

They should definitely turn the novel into an anime series, a prequel to Death Note! I know that I'm not the only one who wants to see Beyond Birthday in action!

He's the best character ever! I mean even though we don't know much about him, he's still the best criminal I know.

Naomi Misora Naomi Misora is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Naomi is awesome! And I think she was the smartest girl in the anime... But had to die

Naomi Misora was very smart, the creator of the manga said it himself. She was too smart to live because at this point, she had figured out a lot of things about Kira without him even meeting L, she had to die unfortunatly.

Naomi was my favourite girl in the series, as she was smart, but not completely emotionless. It kind of upsets me because Light killed her fiancé, breaking her heart.


Misa is a perfectly good, noble, humble, soft-hearted character. She's extremely kind, loyal, and super cute. As a male myself, I love her with all my heart, and I would die for her. Light Yagami had the most precious, most beautiful thing in the world, yet he just neglected her. If I were him, I would love and protect her unconditionally. I have never seen a woman unconditionally loyal and loving to a man except Misa. She's the best wife for any man. I could go on forever describing a countless number of good reasons as to why she's the best female character in all of fiction.

I know many people hate Misa for her so called 'stupidity'. She wasn't stupid. I always got the feeling she knew Light Yagami didn't care for her. Her love for him was so strong. I think that is such an honorable quality. She never stopped loving. She is an inspiration to me.

Seriously she was dumb... enough said

Shes so funny she deserves to be in the top 5


DELETE! DELETE! DELETE! Mikami can make even writing words on to paper epic.

I love Mikami! Mikami and I even have the same birthday!

Naww he is at least sixth guys


Shuichi Aizawa

I felt the need to mentioned the one (in the task force) that first started to see through light's manipulative charm. What he did was ehat a true detective would do, even if the truth of it meant the unthinkable. Besides his fro alone should land him on the list

I used to hate him but now he's a really cool character. Afro

Aizawa = most badass fro-bearing character ever.



He's so cute when he follows rem saying "give me my notebook".

Give me back my notebook!

He's definitely the funniest Shinigami. "Give me back my notebook", "Chocolate is SO good", "He's human but he's... scary". Sidoh and Ryuk could have made for a great comic relief side story.

He is so funny


I really liked Gelus from what little we got to see of him before he died saving Misa (really wish we could have seen more of him...). He's so adorable.

Felt really bad for him.

Gelus may not be badass, but he's the cutest Shinigami ever! That's got to count for something... right?

It's too bad shinigami can't save humans without dying. I wish we got to see more of him.

Kanzo Mogi

He managed misa

Stephen Gevanni

One of the most badass characters. Deserved more screen time.

Raye Penber

I first character I ever cared about... I still hold an emotional connection to this character

I felt really bad for him and Naomi when Kira killed him.

Sayu Yagami

She could have lived a long life, but sadly her brother felt the need to kill her. Light's family had to go through hell, and Light's plan failed anyway. Sayu's mother lost all those she loved.

Sayu is really cute to be honest

Sachiko Yagami

I find Sachiko very underrated. I think she is more underrated than Sayu.

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Kiyomi Takada Kiyomi Takada is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
Kyosuke Higuchi Kyosuke Higuchi is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Best insane grin in the series.

Reiji Namikawa

Good looking, completely expressionless, looks badass and for some reason, he caught my attention during the anime. Light is still my number one though.

King of the Gods of Death

Underused - Bablio

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